Gymnast who helped expose Nassar abuse grateful

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A victim credited with exposing serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar says she is grateful to have reached a legal settlement with Michigan State University that reflects the “incredible damage” that took place on campus.

Former gymnast Rachael Denhollander issued statements on social media Wednesday about the $500 million settlement between Nassar’s former employer and 332 victims. She says the deal will help the “sister survivors” move forward, and her decision to come forward publicly in 2016 was motivated by the need for accountability and reform, “so that other little children don’t live the nightmares we lived.”

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Denhollander says she remains “deeply disappointed at the missed opportunity for meaningful reform at the university.” She says she is also disappointed that a resolution hasn’t been reached with other organizations such as USA Gymnastics.

And she is renewing her call for Michigan lawmakers to enact legislation that would retroactively extend the time limit for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue. She says many survivors “still have no voice.”